Bugging Out To the Southern Hemisphere | Climate Collapse Series | Video 14
by Reese Jones
As the shadow of climate change approaches the Northern Hemisphere, many of us may wish to escape to a verdant, idyllic paradise where the sun shines tenderly, constant waters flow gently and flourishing gardens overflow with sweet abundance — a place where the grape is grown; where honeybees, native flora and fauna still thrive and friendly natives flash welcoming smiles, ever grateful to accept Northern dollars whilst providing the privileged lifestyle those dollars demand.
In our hearts, we may ironically wish for a place of our own undevising; a place relatively untouched by industrialized man.
These days, there are still tropical resorts and unspoiled regions that rather fill the bill. But, most are relatively close to the Northern hemisphere with their vulnerable ecosystems that are increasingly subject to tempests, tossings, heat, flood and drought. Existing on a fragile edge, they remain dependent upon ships, planes or trucks requiring reasonably priced fossil fuels to provide the conveniences and luxuries tourists and Northern migrants expect.
In the highest reaches of Columbia in South America, mountain tops are fast becoming dry wastelands devoid of snowpack. Brazil is experiencing heat waves and drought. The ocean waters off the coast of Ecuador seem to be absorbing ever-increasing heat from the warming atmosphere.
Australia and New Zealand have been experiencing cold, heat, drought, fire, earthquakes and floods. South Africa is not immune to unseasonable cold and other anomalies from fires, floods as well, and now, earthquakes. Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay have their own environmental and climate-related complications. As for popular Central America, it’s close proximity to the Northern Hemisphere may render it moot as a successful bug-out location.
So, where is the best place to migrate to, in Southern regions? Is it even a good idea to migrate? How long could the move postpone our extinction? Could we go “Venus?” Are we justified in engaging in “colonialism” once again?
How feasible is moving for the majority of us? Is it even a good idea, given uncertain governments, high cost, unpredictable weather and other unknown, environmental factors? How welcoming will the countries of the Southern climes be and for how long? How safe will the last vestiges of safe, human habitat remain from the onslaught of foreign military invasion with their armies, ships, weapons and fuel to spare?
What are we really willing to do to survive 10 to 15 years longer than the rest?
There is much to think about. But, no matter what we decide to do, we have at this moment the opportunity to take a breath and remember, as Dr. McPherson says, to “live what we love.”
For many of us, this may entail finding our own inner peace wherever we are, drawing close to our loved ones and our community, cherishing each moment as we learn to shelter, right at home. What will you choose to do?
NTHE Question #4
How many human deaths per year will occur between now and extinction in 2030 or so? Or perhaps asked in another way: What will be the net human population alive per continent at the end of each year from 2015 to 2030? The support for the numbers would obviously have to include some analysis of the causes of the population decline per period and maybe that can be worked into the question.
McPherson was interviewed by Dan Kinch on 20 June 2014. Read the description and hear the interview here.
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